For immediate release | July 25, 2017

AT&T Michigan honored with United for Libraries Major Benefactor Citation

TROY, Michigan – United for Libraries, along with Troy (Mich.) Public Library and the Troy Communication Foundation, honored AT&T Michigan with a Major Benefactor Citation during an event at the library on June 29.

During the event, Troy Public Library (TPL) unveiled their Donor Wall to invited Endowment Fund donors. The TPL Endowment Fund first launched in September 2016 with a goal of reaching $20,000 by the end of 2016. The occasion marked how quickly that goal was surpassed and honored the first group of donors to ensure the endowment fund’s success.

The event was attended by more than 125 guests. Library Director Cathy Russ and Chairman of the Troy Community Foundation Doug Tietz thanked guests for their contributions and continued support. AT&T Michigan’s Major Benefactor Citation plaque was placed on the new Major Benefactors Wall, near the Donor Wall. TPL also received a $1,000 check from the Troy Women’s Association, which grew the Endowment Fund total to more than $60,000. TPL’s goal for 2017 is to reach $100,000.

The Donor Wall plaques are in the shape of book spines, with plenty of space available for future donors. Troy Councilwoman Edna Abrahim and Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Hodorek attended the event, each have a book on the wall. Donations of $100 or more to the Endowment Fund ensure a “book” on the wall.

The Major Benefactor Citation is awarded by United for Libraries to recognize individuals, families, or corporations that have made major gifts to libraries. The Major Benefactor Citation comes with a plaque for the library and a plaque for the donor. For more information, visit

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.


Jillian Wentworth

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries